Self-care is one of the most important and consistent aspects of every champion, across every sport. No matter what sport you love, your favorite athlete takes care of themselves almost more than they take care of the equipment they use. And they engage in self-care longer than the time they spend preparing for their game.
As a former athlete who has had plenty of surgeries, people frequently ask me about surgery — how I had them, what I did, how I recovered. I’m often the first person people call for advice when they get an injury.
There I was, after my third back surgery, lying in a dark hotel room in a lot of pain. On the phone my agent told me, “The Eagles are going to release you.” I was out. Worse, I didn’t know if I was going to ever play football again.